The 2009 2009 Recommendation on the establishment of a European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET (EQAVET) recommends that the four stages of the quality cycle, the indicators and the indicative descriptors be used to improve and develop VET provision. For those VET providers that have already designed and implemented a system-wide approach to quality assurance, the focus is likely to be on monitoring how well it is working. As such the two stages which will require the greatest focus are evaluation and review.
In considering these two stages, VET providers will discover how useful indicators can be as a way of monitoring their own approach to quality assurance, by exploring how data is collected, analysed, used and stored to support the reporting of progress as measured by the indicators.
The EQAVET quality cycle and indicators can be used to monitor your own quality assurance approach, as illustrated by the figure below:
The focus is on continuous improvement. Data can help you identify needed improvements and inspire ideas for change to meet those needs, thus ensuring the quality of the VET provision. Once changes are made, data will provide information on their impact and help VET providers to sustain the quality of their own efforts.
Here are some tips which might be useful when initiating the monitoring of your own quality assurance approach:
- Build self-monitoring into the implementation of quality assurance management processes from the beginning
- Negotiate between stakeholders to decide ‘what’ to self-monitor and keep them informed of the state of the process and the results of the exercise
- Ensure that EQAVET indicators are clearly understood and commonly interpreted by all stakeholders
- Identify a data collection system/procedure for inputs, outputs and outcomes as encapsulated in the EQAVET indicators
- Record information in sufficient detail to provide for improvement actions , future evaluations and to illustrate accountability
- Check that results are directly linked to the stated objectives and to other factors which may have a key influence on the process
- The process will only be complete when evidence has been put to use, e.g. in planning for improvement and in reporting on quality.